Sheriff's Office responsibilities

  • criminal investigations
  • county jail operations
  • weapon permits
  • civil process such as sheriff's sales, paper service and garnishments
  • warrants, court orders and courtroom security

Purpose Statement

As the only law enforcement office in the nation elected by the people and for the people to constitutionally serve as the supreme law enforcement authority of Winneshiek County, our purpose and mission is to ensure the safety of the public in a friendly, approachable and ethical manner, while always upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

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UPDATE - News Release
Date: 10/18/2018
Incident/Charge: Arrest Warrant Served
Location: Ossian, IA
Person: Chase Heying
Address: Ossian, IA
Age: 25
Incident Details: An additional arrest has been made by the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the investigation and federal search warrants that were served on June 6, 2017. Chase Heying was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy to deliver heroin and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. An arrest warrant was issued for Heying, and he was arrested and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail. Another arrest is still pending in this case.

Previous News Release
Date: 7/20/2017

Incident Details: On the morning of June 6, 2017 several federal search warrants were carried out in Ossian as a result of a lengthy multi-agency investigation involving local, state, and federal agencies with assistance from the Winneshiek County Attorney’s Office. On July 18, 2017 Kaleb Breitsprecher and Cole Breitsprecher were indicted by a grand jury on federal charges. Kaleb Breitsprecher was indicted on multiple counts of distribution of a controlled substance – heroin and fentanyl and possession of firearms by a drug user. Cole Breitsprecher was indicted on distribution of a controlled substance – heroin and fentanyl and possession of firearms by a drug user. On July 20, 2017 Kaleb Breitsprecher and Cole Breitsprecher were arrested on federal arrest warrants and were placed into the custody of the US Marshall Service and transported to a federal holding facility. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and arrests are pending.

Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office shared KDEC FM 100.5's post.

A visit from Deputy Wuebker of the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office and Officer Jennings from Decorah Police Department this morning to talk about the upcoming prescription drop off day, Saturday October 27 10am to 2pm. No matter where you live in our 3 state listening area, you can find your drop off locations by going to Thanks for coming in, Gents!

Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 2:37 PM
Location: Highway 52 and Middle Calmar Roa
Total Property Damage: $6,000

Driver: Jessica Ling
Address: Ossian, Iowa
Age: 17
Vehicle: 1998 Buick Century

Driver: Brian Franzen
Address: Decorah, Iowa
Age: 61
Vehicle: 2006 GMC Canyon

Accident Details: Franzen was traveling east on Highway 52 and making a left turn onto Middle Calmar Road. Ling was behind Franzen, failed to slow down and struck Franzen in the rear. No ambulance transport was needed. Ling was cited for failure to maintain control.

Date: 10/15/2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Incident/Charge: Warrant for violation of a no contact order
Location: Frankville, Iowa

Person: Teresa Forbes
Address: Castalia, Iowa
Age: 43

Incident Details: Teresa Forbes was arrested and transported to the Winneshiek County Jail.

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